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Alcohol consumption in relation to cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality in an elderly male Chinese population

BACKGROUND: We investigated the association of alcohol consumption with cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality in elderly Chinese men.

METHODS: Our participants were recruited from residents living in a suburban town of Shanghai (>/=60 years of age, n = 1702). Alcohol intake was classified as non-drinkers, past drinkers (stopped drinking for >/=12 months), and current light-to-moderate (1 to 299 g/week) and heavy drinkers (>/=300 g/week). Alcoholic beverages were classified as beer/wine, rice aperitif and liquor/mix drinking.

RESULTS: During 5.9 years (median) of follow-up, all-cause, cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular deaths occurred in 211, 98 and 113 participants, respectively. The corresponding incidence rates were 23.6/1000, 10.9/1000 and 12.6/1000 person-years, respectively. Both before and after adjustment for confounding factors, compared with non-drinkers (n = 843), past drinkers (n = 241), but not the current light-to-moderate (n = 241) or heavy drinkers (n = 377), had a higher risk of all-cause (adjusted hazard ratio [HR] 1.90, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.35-2.68, P = 0.0003) and non-cardiovascular mortality (HR 2.46, 95% CI 1.55-3.91, P = 0.0001). Similar trends were observed for cardiovascular mortality (HR 1.44, 95% CI 0.85-2.44, P = 0.18). In similar unadjusted and adjusted analyses, compared with the current beer/wine drinkers (n = 203), liquor/mix drinkers (n = 142), but not aperitif drinkers (n = 273), had a significantly higher risk of all-cause (HR 3.07, 95% CI 1.39-6.79, P = 0.006), and cardiovascular mortality (HR 10.49, 95% CI 2.00-55.22, P = 0.006). Similar trends were observed for non-cardiovascular mortality (HR 1.94, 95% CI 0.73-5.16, P = 0.18).

CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed risks of mortality associated with past drinking and liquor drinking in the elderly Chinese men.

Additional Info

  • Authors:

    Ye, X. F.;Miao, C. Y.;Zhang, W.;Sheng, C. S.;Huang, Q. F.;Wang, J. G.

  • Issue: BMC Public Health . 2021 Nov 9;21(1):2053
  • Published Date: 2021 Nov 9
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